DIY Magnetic Bulletin Board

DIY Magnetic Bulletin Board

Use Kenneth Wingard’s simple instructions for creating a personalized magnetic bulletin board.

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Pre-bought used frame (or an old frame)
Magnetic primer
1 1/2-inch finishing nails
Paintbrush or roller
Stud finder

If you do not like the color of the frame:
Interior semi-gloss paint with primer
Paint bin


  1. Buy a large used frame from an antique store or use an old one you already own
  2. If you are not happy with the color of the frame as is, paint the frame to your desired color using semi-gloss paint with primer. Allow for paint to dry
  3. Use a stud finder to locate the studs on the wall and ensure your frame will be nailed/hung using them. Hold the frame up to the wall in your desired position and draw an outline of the interior with a pencil
  4. Apply painter’s tape to the outside of your pencil line, creating a taped frame of the area to be painted
  5. Paint inside the tape-framed area of the wall with magnetic primer

Tip: Shake the primer can well before using, as the tiny magnetic particles that are mixed inside will settle.

Safety Tip: Ensure the room you’re painting in has proper ventilation, as metal in paint can be toxic.


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  1. Allow time to dry
  2. Paint another coat of magnetic primer inside the tape-framed area of the wall. Allow time to dry

Tip: The more coats of magnetic primer, the stronger the magnetic hold will be.

  1. Remove painter’s tape once the paint is dry
  2. Hang the frame on the wall so that it is covering your painted edges. Be sure to hammer your finishing nails into wall studs for a strong hold
  3. Add pictures, notes and mementos as desired, using magnets to hold them up

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